BLESSED Lord, who has renewed our lives and Your mercies to us this morning, and has raised us up to see the light of another day, to You do we lift up our souls in prayer. Adored be Your mercy which has provided a way of acceptance for us, miserable sinners, through the Son of Your love. Adored be that goodness which allows us to come to You with boldness in His name. For His sake hear and answer us.
O Lord God, our iniquities have increased over our heads, and our trespasses have grown up into the heavens. We are ungrateful and rebellious children, but You are a long-suffering and most merciful Father. We acknowledge our transgressions, and earnestly seek Your pardoning mercy. We come to You this morning, pleading Your promise that You will give Your Holy Spirit to them that ask. Lord, give to us the unction of that Spirit. It is only as You do endue us with power from on high, that we shall be enabled to resist the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Truly our flesh cleave to the earth. Though bound to You by every tie of gratitude, yet our affections are too often entangled by the things of time. O our Father, have pity upon Your poor weak children, who are struggling to love and serve You in the midst of a world of iniquity. We have no power in ourselves, to help ourselves; but we bless and praise You, that You have made provision for our wants, and that You have promised that Your strength shall be made perfect in our weakness. O Lord, fulfill Your word to us, and make us more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
We are now entering upon another week, and we desire to be more devoted to You. Lord, enable us to enjoy the hidden life of Jesus; to war against everything that would rob us of our peace, or provoke You to withdraw from us the light of Your countenance. We would live to Your glory, and walk with You all the day long. But who is sufficient for these things? Lord, we are not, but You can enable us. Give us, then, the Holy Ghost in all His sustaining power. Stamp Your image upon our hearts, and enable us to manifest the life of godliness. We bless You for any enjoyment we have had in spiritual things. We praise You even for the desire to serve You; and we beseech You to strengthen us to follow what You have taught us to love.
But, O Lord, if there be any among us— or among our relations, or friends, who are yet strangers to these precious truths, have mercy upon them for Jesus Christ’s sake. Open their eyes to see their danger. Direct them to the sacrifice for sin in the blood of Jesus; and to the remedy for the love of’ sin, in the regenerating and sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost.
Bless, O Lord, all who dwell in this house. Remember with Your special favor the children of this family. We ask not for them the great things of this world; but we pray You to bless their precious and immortal souls. Call them early by Your grace, O Lord, Give them Your Holy Spirit. Bring them to the knowledge and love of Your name. May they be trained up in Your faith, fear, and love—and not after the course and fashion of this world. Grant that they may be all adopted into Your family, and taught of You to walk as Your beloved children
From all the temptations to which we may this day be exposed, good Lord, preserve us. Keep us humble—distrustful of ourselves, but confident of strength in You. Grant these our petitions, O Lord, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Book: Daily Prayers for Family Worship in a Course of Four Weeks
Author: Rev. William Dalton, B.D.
Publisher: London: Hamilton, Adams, and Co. Paternoster Row, Wolverhammpton: Simpson and Steen (1861)